Jorge Chavez International Airport is the principal international and domestic airport in Peru, located in Callao, around 11km away from the capital city, Lima. It is a public international airport operated by Lima Airport Partners. The airport handled over 15 million passengers in 2013. Named after the Peruvian aviator Jorge Chavez, the airport is the main hub for Avianca Peru, LAN Peru, TACA Peru, Peruvian Airlines, Star Peru, and LC Peru. The airport has flight connections to major cities in South America. It has regular flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas, as well as daily flights from Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris, Miami, Bogota, Medellin, Quito, Santiago de Chile, and Toronto.
Locals provide different tours around the city to introduce their culture to tourists. You can explore and experience the city aboard Bicycle, Running, and Walking tours in Lima. You can also go surfing. Surf lessons as well as gears are provided if you wish to try and learn the sport while in the city. The Lima Gourmet Company is a type of tour that combines city tour and culinary tour in Lima. Travellers will be guided to the local market then experience a hands-on cooking class where they can learn different Peruvian dishes while learning about the city's main districts and historical points of interest. In Lima, catching live folklore shows could just be the highlight of your visit to the city as the visual entertainment showcases the art and culture of the place.
How to get around within Lima
Public transport in Lima consists of micro buses or combi vans, transport bus system, and train. Micro buses or combi vans are small mini buses that you can board at bus stops and renders fixed fare rates. There are also medium and large buses that operate the same as the micro buses. Bus conductors announce the name of its destinations. The transport bus system, named as the Metropolitano, is a modern bus system with wheelchair access. Rechargeable cards are used as ticket for this bus. The Metro de Lima, on the other hand, is a train system that serves Villa el Salvador, Parque Industrial, María Auxiliadora, Jorge Chávez, Ayacucho, Angamos, San Borja Sur, Javier Prado, Arriola, Gamarra, and Grau. You need to have an electronic card ready before boarding Metro de Lima which Line 1 currently has 16 stations through nine districts in the city. Navigating around the city can also be done aboard a taxi. But since the taxis in Lima do not have metres, you need to negotiate the fare from the driver before you board. If you phoned for a taxi, negotiate the price before hanging up.
How to get there
To get to the city of Lima, you will have to either fly in or ride a bus. The Jorge Chavez International Airport is the main international airport in Peru, located in Callao, within the metropolitan city of Lima. Airport transit shuttles are available from the airport to get you to the city centre, and some hostels and hotels offer free airport pickup. If you wish to take the taxi, the safest would be to hail them inside the customs reception area. There are Green Taxis, CMV, and Mitsui Tasi Remisse that you can choose from. When travelling from the airport to the city, it is highly advisable that you use a Certified Ground Transportation supplier to be on the safe side. Outside of the airport, fares can become cheaper but not equally safer. Another airport shuttle service you can use is the express airport bus that leaves from the Arrival Hall. Ask about it at the airport information desk. Car rental is also available at the airport. However, you should keep in mind that driving in Lima could get a little challenging. If you want to take on the challenge, you should first take a cab then observe the driving conditions and see for yourself if either renting a car or taking the public transport is more preferable. By bus, the two new central terminals in Lima are Gran Terminal Terreste en Plaza Norte and Terminal Terreste Sur Atocongo. Buses cover main destinations in the city.
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